Hello, My Name is Church

February 11, 2014

Hello my name is Church:

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me.
I have no shortage of critics.
Perhaps you have heard that I am

Boring
Shallow
Cheap
A waste of time

You’ve heard that I am full of

Hypocrites
Clowns
Greedy people
The self- righteous

Maybe you have visited me before and discovered

Horrible music
Passionless singing
Dry preaching
Rude congregants

Maybe you needed me and I was

Too busy
Too “righteous”
Too broke
Too blind

Maybe you joined me and found I was

Distant
Demanding
Dull
Preoccupied

Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by

Business meetings
Committees
Teams
Bureaucracy

Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody

Called
Cared
Noticed
Invited you back

Perhaps your experience has driven you to

Speak negatively of me
Swear to never come back to me
Proclaim that no one needs me
Believe you’re better off without me

If this is true, I have something to say to you

I’m sorry
I was wrong
I blew it
I made a huge mistake

But remember, I never said my name was

Perfect
Flawless
Complete
Arrived

My name is Church. I welcome the

Hypocrite
Dry
Self-righteous
Shallow

I welcome the

Sincere
Passionate
Forgiving
Selfless

I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you

Angry
Uncomfortable
Impatient
Self-conscious

But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room.
In the Old Testament there was a division between the

Gentile
Jew
Man
Woman

In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was

Shamed
Beaten
Killed
Resurrected

Which is far worse than being

Bored
Uncomfortable
Embarrassed
Ignored

So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people

Challenge you
Sharpen you
Strengthen you
Humble you

I can’t promise you that the people will be great
This is church
It’s not

Heaven
Paradise
Beulah Land
The Celestial city

Come back

God wants you here
The body needs you here
The world needs your witness here
You belong here

Hello, my name is Church

I miss you
I love you
I’m sorry
Can’t wait to see you

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priest's wife (@byzcathwife)

I love this…

volfan007

Awesome….just awesome. I’m a huge fan, Rev. NoRespect…a huge fan.

David

rhutchin

Hello my name is Church:

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me.
I have no shortage of critics.
Perhaps you have heard that I am

Afraid to address issues such as homosexuality, abortion, evolution.
Too willing to compromise with the world in preaching and music in order not to offend “seekers.”
Soft – not willing to raise the bar for my own people and too often content with them being like the world.
Filled with people attracted by the personality of the Pastor and not the gospel.
Filled with sermons long on words but short on substance and never, ever to dwell on doctrine.

I have sown and now I reap.

    Norm Miller

    I would take exception, Hutch, that the Church is not speaking to the issues you noted. Many churches are doing that on the local level, and the ERLC in times past surely addressed those issues.

    The much larger issue for the Church to address is sin in the church, and sin behind the pulpit. Clearly, the world is sin-sick b/c the Church is, too. In significant measure, the poem addressed the sin-sick church.

Martha

Would’t trade one day without it! Remember World…again… it is God’s perfect plan!

Britt McCrimmon

I like the poem and in no way am trying to speak negative of it because I believe there is truth in it. However in defense we must remember that the world will never like the church or want to get along with it and we must take that into consideration. Before my conversion a little over 5 years ago I hated the church and did not know shy. The more I read God’s Word the more I understand. Let us not forget the word’s of our Lord:

John 15:18-20
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

So maybe I am saying let’s follow hard after the Lord and His word and stop making excuses for what He said.

    Norm Miller

    I think it is important to note the poem ends with an appeal to “come back.” I don’t see the poem as an invitation to the unsaved, but to church members who are not in church.

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